Benjamin Harrison 1884 Autograph Note Signed as Senator – Helping A Civil War Soldier


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23rd President.  Autograph note signed “Benj Harrison/U.S.S.“, 3.5×8. Receipt stamped on verso: “U.S. Pension Office Jul 24 1884”. Printed note at bottom: “Senators and Members will greatly aid the Pension Office in giving them an early answer, if they will fill and use this slip in making calls in pension cases. Wm. W. Dudley, Commissioner.”

Indiana Senator Harrison has filled in the name and regiment of the soldier: “Joseph Harrison/Transitville Ind./12 Ind. Battery“. He has penned the information wanted as follows: “Status of claim and what further evidence is required to complete proof“.

Harrison served one term in the U.S. Senate, 1881-1887. Pensions became an important campaign issue in Harrison’s bid for the presidency in 1888. President Cleveland had vetoed several private pension bills during his first term. In his run for reelection in 1888, the Dependent Pension Bill of 1887 became a campaign issue for which Harrison was a proponent. The bill passed in 1890 and broadened pension eligibility to Civil War veterans who could not perform manual labor. During the Civil War, Harrison served with Company A of the 70th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, until he was discharged in June 1865.

Lightly soiled. Pinholes at upper printed portion of receipt. Overall, fine condition.